The Very Hungry Caterpillar Watermelon Carving

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Nothing says summer like eating delicious, ripe watermelon. This watermelon carving is perfect for a summer birthday party or to pair with summer reading activities! Here’s how to cut a watermelon into The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Ingredients

  • 5 Mini watermelons
  • 1 Honeydew melon


Tools/Supplies

  • Green dry erase marker
  • Melon baller
  • Toothpicks
  • Caterpillar cookie cutter (optional)
  • Decorative food props (or other food items) from the book


Directions

  1. Wash the watermelons with cool water and pat dry. Cut a ½-inch slice from the bottom of one watermelon to create a sturdy base. Peel it completely to form an oval or circle of red watermelon flesh for the caterpillar’s face.
  2. Using the removed rind, cut two eyes, a nose and two antennae (use a dry erase marker to draw them first, if needed). Attach them to the face using toothpicks.
  3. Cut another watermelon in half from the stem end lengthwise. Half will be the tail of the caterpillar. From the other half, cut a wedge for the caterpillar to “eat” from, reserve this wedge. From the rest of the half, cut ½-inch slices and use a caterpillar cookie cutter to make caterpillars (or cut them free hand).
  4. For the three remaining watermelons, cut ½” to ¾” from the side of each to create a sturdy base—be sure the stripes run horizontally.
  5. Use a melon baller to scoop watermelon balls from the insides of the three body sections, the tail and the honeydew melon.
  6. Arrange all sections to form the caterpillar. Set the reserved wedge (from step 3) in front of the caterpillar face so it looks like it is being eaten. Optional: Set other food items (or props) from the book around the caterpillar carving.


Recipe provided by the National Watermelon Promotion Board. Find more carving inspiration at www.watermelon.org/carvings.


 

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